Impact of GST largely positive and constructive on Pharma Sector
Impact of Goods and Services Tax (GST) on Pharma sector has largely been positive and constructive, informed Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways, Shipping and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Mr. Mansukh Mandaviya, in a statement here today. Following the vision of Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, to ensure health security for all citizens of India, the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers has taken various steps to ensure availability of 'Affordable, Quality Medicines for All', the Minister added. In this background, Mr Mandaviya informed that the Pharma sector has seen a positive growth after the implementation of GST.

Before GST, Annual Turnover of the Pharma Sector as on May 31, 2017 was 1,14,231 crores while after GST, the Annual Turnover of Pharma sector May 31, 2018 touched 1,31,312 crores, which is 6 per cent higher than the Pre -GST regime. Exports from Pharma Sector during 2016-17 were 2,75,852 crores while post-GST, in the year 2017-18, they were recorded at 3,03,526 crores, which is 10 percent higher than the Pre-GST Regime. The Minister added that as per estimates, the export figure for the current year is likely to be 3,27,700 crores, which will be almost 12 percent higher than the export figure of Pre-GST regime for 2016-17.

There has been a significant jump in number of Drug Approvals from 7,857 before GST July 1, 2016 to June 20, 2017 to 10,446 post-GST July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Under the 'One Nation, One Tax' regime, the removal of complexity of multiple taxes has reduced their cascading effect on the final product. GST is expected to decrease the manufacturing cost in view of merging of different taxes levied earlier and promote ease of doing business . It will create one single market for all stakeholders with equal chance towards development. Moreover discontinuation of Central Sales Tax post-GST, will reduce transaction costs, as inter-state transaction between two dealers will become tax neutral. Now, the pharma companies can consolidate their warehouses at strategic locations, effecting a reduction in cost of distribution. As a result, it will benefit warehouse strategy and improve supply chain efficiency in pharma sector.